Janson Media and Seattle-based Fidget Films today announced an agreement to bring three of the producer's highly-regarded art documentaries to digital platforms and broadcasters around the world.
John Forsen's and Gayle Podrabsky's production company strikes a beautiful balance with visual stories that inform, engage, excite and ignite passions, while also honoring each subject’s goals, vision and integrity. Their work spans science, history, art, music, the environment, social justice, fashion, food, nature, travel and personal profiles.
Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire (1 x 60') tells the story of the Pilchuck Glass School, started by Dale Chihuly when glass art in America was in its infancy, is almost 50 years old. Pilchuck is responsible for making the US Studio Glass movement what it is today. An international institution, it attracts students from all over the world. Pilchuck, A Dance with Firewon an Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary, and won Best Documentary Awards at the Portland Film Festival and Bainbridge Island Film Festival. It also screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Ateliers D’Art De France Film Festival in Paris, and the Palm Springs Art Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Jeff Bridges.
During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, two violinmakers from the same small town, the same block, were making the most sought-after violins ever made. Everyone has heard of Stradivari, but few know of Guarneri del Gesù. Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona (1 x 60') tells the story of these two masters and why today their stringed instruments are worth millions of dollars to musicians and collectors the world over. The film, an Emmy Award winner for Best Historical Documentary, is narrated by actor Alfred Molina.
Fidget Films' latest art documentary is Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro (1 x 67'), narrated by actor Alfred Molina. Lino is considered by most as the greatest glassblower in history. He is a mentor, motivator, and visionary. Bridging the divide between Italian and American glassblowing, his career has transcended continents and inspired a new generation of glassblowers. Now 85, Lino continues to push the boundaries of the medium, testing the limits to see what both the material and the man can do.
Both Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire and Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona are set for worldwide SVOD and TVOD releases on Amazon Prime Video, in September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting theater closings, Fidget Films has chosen to pass on the film festival circuit and instead release Lino Tagliapietra: The Making of a Maestro to as wide an audience as possible. Janson Media is in discussions with major cable networks and SVOD platforms at this time.
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